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Nebula (Cat's Eye)

Nebula (Cat's Eye)


The Cat's Eye Nebula is a planetary nebula that forms when a dying star slowly gives off its outer gas layers. Scientists think the star released its gases in pulses every 1,500-years. These pulses of gas made huge dust shells surrounding the star. These dust shells made layers of rings like an onion around the dying star. In this view of the Cat's Eye Nebula taken by the Hubble Telescope, you can see the rings, like an onion cut in half.

Next Generation Science Standards Connection

ESS1. A  The universe  and its stars
ESS1. B   Earth and the solar system
Patterns of movement of the sun, moon, and stars as seen from Earth can be bserved, described, and predicted has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

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